The City of Hills

Trip Start Mar 14, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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YoYo International Backpacker's Hostel

Flag of Chile  , Valparaíso,
Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Valparaiso is another amazing city for taking photos.  This city is a huge U-shaped amphitheater overlooking the ocean, making it one of Chile's most important port cities and also a good place to go to the beach.  The city is also built right on a hill... well, 45 of them actually.   And navigating the city using one of the many elevator systems that have been around since the late 1800's gives this city a great historical feel to it.  Combine all that with the buzz and energy from the universities, dozens of bars, discos, and fine dining options, and you have yourself a pretty fun and active place to eat, drink, and be merry. 

I checked into The YoYo International Backpackers Hostel.... a great choice with young,  friendly owners that like to take people out and make them have fun.  

And just like I did in Santiago, I spent most of my time walking around town looking for the perfect photo by day, and enjoying drinks with fellow backpacker from the hostel by night.   However, as nice of a city as this is, I want to move on.  A couple weeks ago, I couldn't wait to get into Chile and have a look around.  Now, I can't wait to get out.  Like I said before it's expensive here.   Only now, my problem is that all the buses going north are full for the next couple days so I am kinda stuck here.  Oh well... not a bad place to be stuck actually. 

 I bought a ticket to leave late Wednesday night on the only seat available to get out of here.  It's called "full-cama" which means a full reclining seat that folds down flat just like a bed and comes with pillows, blankets and who knows what else... probably champagne too.  I never did one one of these before but it should be nice since the next leg is about 24 hours away.  There are a couple attractions in the north that I want to see and I hope are budget friendly.  Until then.......
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Fascinating Valparaiso
Agree totally, awesome to go up and down to the hill of the city. Took 3 different acensores I think. And amazing views...and good food. Stayed a boring place though, but only one night. In Quito now, last day before I fly up to Bogota. Palypus was it?


Dad, send more money :-)

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